Fit to Take Part: PTs Role in Long Term Illnesses

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Fit to Take Part: PTs Role in Long Term Illnesses

Living with a chronic condition is never easy, and it can only become more difficult as we age. September 8 marks World Physical Therapy Month, and the American Physical Therapy Association has designated this year’s theme as “Fit to Take Part” to recognize physical therapy’s role in assisting with ongoing illnesses.

To mark the occasion, Core Physical Therapy would like to talk about some of the chronic conditions that can occur later in life, and how making an appointment can help mitigate them:

  1. Rheumatoid Arthritis


Arthritis strikes senior citizens in the joints, and this joint pain can lead to lowered mobility and an increased risk for a fall. Strength conditioning learned through physical therapy sessions can alleviate the symptoms of arthritis by preserving and strengthening the use of the joints.


  1. Osteoporosis


Because RA can cause people to work out less, over time those with the condition can develop conditions such as osteoporosis. However, exercise and strength training can increase bone strength. Physical therapists show senior citizens how to exercise in a safe way that can mitigate the effects of osteoporosis.


  1. Cardiovascular Disease


Those who aren’t able to move around easily without pain will come under risk of developing heart issues such as cardiovascular disease. Physical therapists can work muscles, demonstrate stretches and prescribe a series of exercises that can address pain just as well as medication.


  1. Diabetes


Lowered mobility not only leads to conditions such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, it can also lead to diabetes. If it is too painful for you to move around, our physical therapists can show you ways to decrease the amount of pain associated with exercise. Increased exercise means a decrease in the possibilities of developing diabetes!


If you’re worried about developing one of these conditions, or you’re having trouble remaining independent and mobile, make an appointment with us today! In the state of Iowa, most insurance companies don’t require that you get permission from your doctor to seek out treatment from a physical therapist.


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